So, the Hype Machine counted down all the way to 2009's album of the year. My votes, though submitted late, did make it into the results. It is, after all, an indie rock poll so deadlines come with some ambiguity.
I can see now why everyone is so into rocking the presidential vote, it creates a sense of ownership. Even though my album of the year only placed fourth (actually not the worst thing that could happen, I'm not the penultimate follower after all) three of my top ten made it in. Sigur Ros, Bon Iver and The Hold Steady.
Now, it's pretty clear to me that I need to look into Fleet Foxes and M83.